Tap Water Safety in Peru

Can you drink the tap water in Peru?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Peru (source).

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.


Tap water.Drink water only when you are certain it is safe. Don't drink tap water. If you are using tap water to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth, spit as much out as possible. Tap water can be made drinkable by boiling it (bringing it to boiling point in a kettle should be sufficient) or by purification methods such as iodine tablets or UV light. Bottled water is cheap and tastes better than boiled water. Check the bottle to make sure that it has not been opened and refilled. In restaurants, (if you don't trust them) you could request the bottle to be opened in your presence and never take ice in your drinks (ice cubes are often made with tap water). Remember, alcohol does not make tap water drinkable!

The most commonly searched cities in Peru are:

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World Health Organization Peru Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 91 percent of Peru have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 45% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 81% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

In Peru, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 59%.

The rural availability figures at 21%

World Health Organization's 2017 Peru Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Peru includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

Safely ManagedA location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.
At Least BasicSafe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location
LimitedIt would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.
YearPopulation in 1000sSafely managedAt Least BasicLimited

What Do People In Peru Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Peru have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.

A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility61%Moderate
Water Pollution80%High
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility39%Moderate
Water Quality20%Low

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